SEATTLE, September 14 /CNW/ - Nearly half of the Bombardier Aerospace
Q400 turboprops in Horizon Air's fleet - 16 of 33 aircraft - have been
inspected, as per Transport Canada and Bombardier specifications, and returned
to service. The airline anticipates it will be able to inspect and return to
service additional aircraft at the rate of two a day through Monday.
On Friday, Sept. 14, Horizon canceled 89 flights, a 42 percent
improvement from the previous day. While flights will continue to be
reinstated as inspections are completed, some cancellations are also expected
over the weekend. Schedule adjustments will be in central reservations systems
as follows, all Pacific time: Saturday flights (by 3 p.m. Friday), Sunday
flights (by 6 p.m. Friday), and Monday flights (by 6 p.m. Saturday).
On Tuesday, as inspections proceed on the remaining Q400s in its fleet,
Horizon intends to introduce a modified firm schedule that will provide
service to all of its markets and accommodate most all of its currently booked
customers. The new schedule will be in central reservations systems by 12 p.m.
(Pacific time) Sunday and will be in effect at least through Monday, Sept. 24.
By late next week, Horizon will determine whether it can return to its regular
schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Horizon is asking its customers flying during this period to check on the
status of their flights via www.horizonair.com or by calling the reservations
center at 800-547-9308. Customers on affected Horizon flights are being
offered refunds, being allowed to cancel at no charge, or are being
re-accommodated without any change fee.
The aircraft inspections are in response to a Transport Canada
airworthiness directive (AD) issued Wednesday afternoon. Transport Canada's AD
was produced in the wake of two landing gear failure incidents involving
SAS-affiliated airlines in Europe. Horizon, which has operated the
Canadian-manufactured Q400 since 2001, has never experienced any issues like
those SAS recently encountered.
Late Thursday, revised inspection guidance was received and acted upon.
As the situation develops, Horizon will comply with any additional guidance
from the manufacturer and regulatory authorities, which could result in
additional schedule adjustments.
"With safety as our foremost consideration, we're working diligently to
respond to directives from the manufacturers and regulatory authorities as we
receive them," said Jeff Pinneo, president and CEO. "We remain focused on
minimizing any inconvenience to our customers as we progress toward the
restoration of our full flight schedule."
Horizon currently has a fleet of 74 aircraft, 33 of which are 74/76 seat
Q400s. Horizon operates two other aircraft types in its all-Bombardier fleet,
neither of which is subject to these inspections: 70-seat CRJ-700 regional
jets and 37-seat Q200 turboprops.
Horizon serves 48 cities throughout California, Colorado, Oregon,
Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and British Columbia and Alberta.
Together, Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines serve 92 cities and are subsidiaries
of Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK).
For further information:
For further information: Horizon Air Dan Russo, 206/431-4513 or
Bombardier Aerospace Bert Cruickshank, + 1-416-375-3030